PTE Academic Online is our new, at-home version of PTE Academic, for when you can’t reach a test center.
With PTE Academic Online, you can take your test at home, in an office, or wherever you have a quiet, private space. PTE Academic Online uses the exact same test content, scoring and format as PTE Academic in a test center.
Note: PTE Academic Online is not currently accepted for visa applications. Please check the full list of institutions that accept PTE Academic Online before booking your exam.
Hundreds of academic institutions worldwide already accept PTE Academic Online for admissions, and more are choosing to recognize the test every day. Find out if your preferred institutions recognize PTE Academic Online.
PTE Academic Online is suitable for study applications and can be taken in most countries worldwide.*
While taking PTE Academic in a test center is still the best option in most cases, PTE Academic Online is a great alternative when:
test centers are closed
there is no PTE test center in your region or country
you cannot easily access a test center
you have an additional requirement that is better supported by an at-home test (e.g., a mobility restriction or visual impairment)
* The test is only suitable for study applications to institutions that recognize PTE Academic Online. It is not currently accepted for visa purposes.
Preparing for content of the PTE Academic test is the same whether you’re sitting the test at home or in a test center. Explore our preparation resources.
To familiarize yourself with the online test experience, we recommend exploring our PTE Academic Online test taker handbook and our help center.
Find out how to get set up, how to check in to your test, and what to expect during your test experience.
* This video refers to PTE Academic Online, which has the same set-up as PTE Academic UKVI Online.
A Windows or Mac laptop or desktop computer
A good internet connection
A wired headset with a microphone
A quiet, private location for the duration of the test
Before booking, read the list of system requirements. Then run the system check to confirm that your equipment is working correctly, and your connection meets the minimum requirements.
✓ Checked that you are eligible?
✓ Confirmed that your institution accepts PTE Academic Online?
✓ Confirmed that you have a wired headset with an overhead band and boom microphone?
✓ Confirmed that you are able to take the test in a quiet space with no echo?
✓ Completed your system check? Then you are ready to book your test!